Group helps parents of children with special needs

HILLS currently has 19 spaces available for the program. 9NEWS at 11 a.m. 12/14/2015.

KUSA - It's been said that parenting is the world's hardest job. The job can be even more difficult for parents who care for children with special needs.

A group known as Healthy Independent Leisure & LifestyleS was awarded a grant to give parents of special needs children a bit of rest while providing the children with enriching experiences.

"We are offering a free respite program to low-income families who provide care to family members, age 13 and up," Dawn Parker, executive Director of HILLS, Inc., said.

Families of children who have developmental disabilities or traumatic brain injuries are eligible to apply for the free program. It provides three full days of care for the children. They attend a sporting event, go to an art gallery and do a field trip to the Museum of Nature and Science. With exception of food, all expenses are covered. They include door-to-door transportation.

HILLS currently has 19 spaces available for the program. It was made possible by a grant from Colorado Respite Coalition managed by Easter Seals Colorado. To apply for the program, visit:

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